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Henryson, Robert, 1430?-1506?

LC control no.n 50038125
Descriptive conventionsrda
LC classificationPR1990.H4
Personal name headingHenryson, Robert, 1430?-1506?
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Variant(s)Henrisone, Robert, 1430?-1506?
Henrysoun, Robert, 1430?-1506?
Beginning date1460~
Ending date1500
Associated countryScotland
Associated placeDunfermline (Scotland)
Birth date1430?
Death date1506?
Field of activityDialect poetry, Scottish
Profession or occupationPoets
Found inWikipedia, February 7, 2014 (Robert Henryson (Middle Scots: Robert Henrysoun) was a poet who flourished in Scotland in the period c. 1460-1500; his poetry was composed in Middle Scots; There is no record of when or where Henryson was born or educated. The earliest found unconfirmed reference to him occurs in September 1462 when a man of his name with license to teach is on record as having taken a post in the recently founded University of Glasgow. If this was the poet, as is usually assumed, then the citation indicates that he had completed studies in both arts and canon law; Almost all early references to Henryson firmly associate his name with Dunfermline; According to the poet William Dunbar, Henryson died in Dunfermline. An apocryphal story by the English poet Francis Kynaston in the early 17th century refers to the flux as the cause of death, but this has not been established. The year of death also is unknown, although c.1498-9, a time of plague in the burgh, has been tentatively suggested.)
The poems of Robert Henryson, via TEAMS Middle English texts website, viewed February 7, 2014: introduction (Robert Henryson is a significant poetic voice of the late Middle Ages and the most important writer of fifteenth-century Scotland. We know his name, and we have an established body of influential writing on the works included in this text. However, we know very little about Henryson's life. It appears that he was likely born sometime between 1420 and 1430. Based on Dunbar's "Lament for the Makars" (1500-06), we know that he died no later than 1506.)
Robert Henryson: the complete works, via TEAMS Middle English texts website, viewed February 7, 2014: introduction (Relying heavily on the consistencies between the few documentary scraps that may pertain to the poet who wrote the Fables and The Testament of Cresseid and whose death Dunbar lamented, one is left with the faint traces of a biography. Following them, one glimpses a Henryson born about 1430 and dead by about 1500 who was a scholar in the arts and law, who worked as a notary public and schoolmaster in late fifteenth-century Dunfermline, a royal burgh on the north shore of the Firth of Forth. His home was a Scottish town of no great size but nevertheless distinguished by its Benedictine abbey, a resting place of kings and queens, among them Robert the Bruce and St. Margaret of Scotland.)
Robert Henryson website, February 7, 2014: home page (Robert Henryson (or Henrysoun) is one of the great names in medieval literature in general, and Scottish literature in particular. Little is known about his life. He lived in the second half of the fifteenth century, dying sometime before 1508. He possibly attended the University of Glasgow, and he is later associated with the town of Dunfermline, where he may have been a schoolmaster, or a notary public, or both. Henryson's major poems, besides the Fables, include 'The Testament of Cresseid', a sequel to Chaucer's 'Troilus and Criseyde'; 'Robene and Makyne', a comic dialogue; and 'Orpheus and Eurydice', a version of the classical tale which was printed by Chepman and Millar in 1508)
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